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“From pets to ‘recess’: High school stress relief”

English: Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 - ...

English: Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 – “Custer”, one of Hope Crisis Response’s 12 therapy dogs from Virginia and New York now working out of the Baton Rouge Joint Field Office. “Custer” will visit various Disaster Recovery Centers and Travel Trailer Parks to offer comfort to displaced victims and relief workers. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 31, 2013 article on the York Daily Record website talks about how some schools are starting to add therapy dogs, 20 minute breaks, and other stress reducers to high schools in an attempt at helping students manage their stress better despite the high pressure schedules many students have.

**Side note …. Therapy dogs while similar to Psychiatric Service Dogs are not the same thing.  a TD is trained to work with a group of people and isn’t allowed to go with their handler into as many places as a PSD a PSD is trained to aid an individual and has the same protection under the ADA as a guide dog.   Therapy dogs typically have to be granted special permission to go into public places where a PSD like a guide dog can typically go anywhere the disabled handler can go.**

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